The new Honda Vezel SUV will hit the Chinese car market in October, one month earlier than previously announced. The Vezel will give Honda a brand new entry in the booming compact SUV segment. The Honda Vezel debuted as a semi-concept on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April.
Price will range from 120.000 until 150.000 yuan. The Vezel will be available with two four-cylinder patrol engines: a 131hp 1.5 and a 165hp 1.8, both mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
Size: 4294/1772/1605, wheelbase is 2610.
The Honda Vezel is manufactured in China by the the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture. It will soon compete against the upcoming Honda XR-V SUV which is basically the same car with another front and back. The Honda XR-V will manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-Honda, Honda’s other Chinese joint venture.
China thus will have the same car twice. This kinda madness is perfectly normal down here where most Western manufactures have two joint ventures with two different Chinese companies, and each always wants what the other one has.